Whitehall U16s turned up at Weymouth RFC on Sunday morning to take part in a 5 team tournament. The format was a round robin 7 mins each way.
We had to be at the ground for 9.30 (no sleeping on tour)
The other 4 sides seemed to have large squads of approx 20+ players, and looked very professional in their warm ups. We were due on second, and had the bare 15.
We decided that actually getting to the ground was a fantastic effort, and there was no need for a warm up.
Match 1 was against a side from Cardiff Fairwater RFC
We won the toss and played into the strong wind, Our simple game plan was to keep the ball playing into the wind, and we would get a chance when playing with the wind.
The first 7 minutes ended up pointless, the main reason for this was yet another superb tackle by full back James Morrison
, on their huge centre, who looked certain to score.
We got our opportunity in the second half as we were awarded a penalty in front the posts with 1 min to go, despite the coaches screaming posts, we took a quick tap and centre Jake Hollis
picked a great line to score.
We won 5-0 not many games are won on tour so happy days.
Match 2 was against Old Redingesians (National 3 club)
Same game plan, and the defence was solid. Unfortunately the referee penalized us off the park with some very dubious decisions, especially when the ball was stripped from their player as he went over the line, we put the ball down and they were awarded a try.
We lost 0-5 against a very large aggressive side, but got a bonus point for losing by less than 7.
Match 3 was against the hosts Weymouth. They had 5 County players one of which their No8 was in the England squad. Team talk was quite simple I knew there coach (Paul Harding) and he used to play for Barton Hill prior to moving to Old Reds. He was also their 1st team coach and was awarded the South West coach of the year. Nuff said. Our skipper Carter Loveridge put a great hit in during the match on their England player, got straight up and stole the ball.
Try’s were scored by outstanding props Jake ‘Rampage’ Buckley who dummied their centre, then handed him off when he caught back up, and orlando victor
We won 12-0
After a quick trip to the bar we managed to work it out that if we won our last game against a very impressive unbeaten Cheshunt side we could probably get at least 2nd, and maybe win it.
We again won the toss and played into the wind. The ‘D’ was awesome and we turned round 5-0 up after another superb team try finished off by ‘Rampage’.
We kept the ball and set up a few rolling mauls, and played with great control.
Final score 5-0 to us, could we have sneaked it?
Both sides had 13 points, but it was a complicated situation, we scored the same amount of try’s, but Cheshunt converted one more, but we beat them.
After a long drawn out studying of the rules we were awarded the ‘WINNERS’ trophy.
MASSIVE EFFORT BOYS
You are a credit to yourselves, and our Club.
BIG HAND, QUICK CLAP, CHEESEY GRIN